Pay-As-You-Throw Boiler Green Initiative (BGI) EPICS
Project Members • UditPandey (Project Leader) • YitianHu (Treasurer) • Huaxiahui (Anita) Huang • John Townsend • Taizhi Tan (Project Partner Liaison) • GauravSrivastava • Caroline Early • BhaktiKhandagale (Recruitment Manager)
What is Pay-As-You-Throw? • System where residents pay for Waste service based on trash put at curbside • Pay for only what you use • Two Basic PAYT systems: Volume and Weight • Volume uses bags, tags or stickers • Weight uses various cans with varying sizes • More than 5,000 communities in the U.S. practice PAYT
Organization Team break down: • Education & Outreach • Compilation of data • Rate structure design
Education Compiling directions on educating residents from sources like: • EPA website • IDEM website • Cities that have already introduced PAYT -East Lansing, Michigan -Bloomington, Indiana
Benefits of PAYT • Environment sustainability • Economic sustainability • Equity Benefits to the city of West Lafayette • Maximum capacity reached of current system • Expansion and improvement of current facilities
PAYT Pricing Systems Rate Structures: - Fixed - Variable - Multi-Tiered • Our recommendation – Multi-Tiered • Steady revenue • Residents have options • Incentive to reduce waste
Proportional “ It creates the most direct relationship between trash amounts and price.”
Variable “In this the per unit price varies. Residents are usually billed based on their choice of subscription container size. ”
Multi-tiered “In this residents subscribe to a base level of service for which they pay a flat fee.”
PAYT for West Lafayette The definitions of trash and recyclables are kept the same as those of the sanitation department. Basic design: Two bin size systems with a provision for an extra bag. • Convenience in terms of bags. • Flat fee. • Bulk item pick-up. • Seasonal pick-up.
Work in progress… • Bins provided by the city or will the residents buy them for trash and recyclables? • Trash bin pickup rate. • Monitoring officer appointment. • Rates for bulk item pick-up. • Brush- charged for the service? • Seasonal pick-up charges. • Fine system and penalties.
Information for West Lafayette • Our report will consist of: • A compact and reader-friendly version of data from case-studies, education and outreach methods and justifications for our rate system. • Trends in trash and recyclable generation for the next 5 years • Identify key areas that can be affected by PAYT • An example rate structure for West Lafayette Flat fee: $5.00 Recycling pick-up: FREE 36 gallon: $4.00 Seasonal pick-up: free 56 gallon: $6.00 County donation: $40,000.00 Brush pick-up: $3.00 per bag Revenue generated from recyclables: $50,000.00 Extra bag cost: $3.00 per bag Bulk item fee: $10.00 for any bulk item
Case Study: East Lansing • Sanitation services • Trash Easy Cart or City Trash Bag($1 each) • Bulk items $15 sticker • Yard Waste City Yard Waste Bag/sticker ($1 each) • Recycling Free • Special services(Spring Cleanup, Fall leaf collection etc.) • Advantage and disadvantage
Case Study: Bloomington • Sanitation services • Trash 1 City trash sticker($2 each) • Bulk items 2 City trash sticker • Yard Waste 1 City Yard Waste sticker ($1 each) • Recycling Free • Special services (Spring Cleanup, Fall leaf collection etc.) • Advantage and disadvantage
Outreach • Spreading Awareness • Website • Video • Helpful Links • Question and Answer Forum • Brochure • Explains PAYT and its need • Explains EPICS • Survey
Need for a Website • http://epics.ecn.purdue.edu/bgi/payt_home-2.html • Contents of the site • What is PAYT? • Rate structure • Survey • Useful Information • Video • Contact Information
Need for a Survey • Gauge current trash disposal and recycling habits. • Amount residents throw away and recycle • Customized Solutions • Awareness of facilities and services currently provided.
Road Ahead • Bring together a report for final presentation consisting of: • Our recommendations • Compilation of Case studies • Multi-tiered Rate Structure • Enforcement policies • Education & Outreach